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February 20/15 14:37 pm - Tour of Oman: Stage 4


Posted by Editoress on 02/20/15
 

While many were expecting former winners like Vincenzo Nibali or Joaquim Rodriguez to shine on the hardest stage of the Tour of Oman, Spaniard Rafael Valls was the one to tame the Green Mountain. In the last kilometre of the climb, the Lampre-Merida rider powered away, eventually crossing the line ahead of Tejay van Garderen and Alejandro Valverde. Valls captures the overall leaders Red Jersey with two stages to go.

For the first time in the history of the Tour of Oman, the riders set off from the Sultan Qaboos Grande Mosque. On the fourth day, the pack would have to take on the most demanding stage of the Tour with the brutal climb up Jabal Al Akhdhar at the end of a 189 km race. The 139 remaining riders (one non starter: Declercq, TSV) took off at 10:44 with one extra major issue to deal with: the wind. The pack would indeed struggle against a strong face wind.

As soon as the first kilometre, four riders broke away: the Green jersey, Andrea Guardini (Astana), the combativity jersey Jef Van Merhaeghe (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise) as well as Vandenberghe (Etixx-Quick Step) and Van Hoecke (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 0. At km 9, their advantage had reached 2:40 and kept on growing. The first intermediate sprint (km 18.5) was claimed by Guardini ahead of Van Merheaghe and Van Hoecke while the pack remained 4:50 adrift. Happy with the points and bonus seconds they had collected, Guardini and Van Merheaghe then stopped their efforts and were caught by the peloton at km 23.

Meanwhile Vandenberghe and Van Hoecke continued pushing hard at the front. After 30 kilometres they could enjoy a 7’05 lead over a pack led by the Trek Factory team of red jersey Fabian Cancellara. At a rather slow pace, the gap however continued to increase in the warm temperature (35°C) of Oman. After three hours of racing, the average speed had indeed dropped down to only 31.1km/h and the gap reached a maximum 14:45 at km 73. Teams BMC, Movistar and Trek then decided to take on the chase at a slightly faster pace. With 25kms to go, the front two could still enjoy a 3’50 lead. Ten kilometres later, that gap remained the same. At the second bonus sprint (km 178) won by Vandenberghe ahead of Van Hoecke, the pack led by Guardini, third, had moved closer, at 1:45. The front two were finally caught at km 183.

In the first few kilometres of the climb, Fabian Cancellara (TFR) was dropped, knowing then that he was living his last moments in red. A group of just over twenty riders pulled away with under 5 kilometres to go. After attacking twice, it was then Vincenzo Nibali’s turn to struggle wih 3kms to go, leaving ahead of him riders like Fuglsang (Astana), van Garderen, Hermans (BMC Racing), Majka (Tinkoff-Saxo), Moreno (Katusha), Pinot (FDJ), Valverde (Movistar), Jense Van Rensburg, Meintjes (MTN-Qhubeka) and Valls (Lampre - Merida). In the final kilometre only three men were left in the lead: van Garderen, Majka and Valls.

Valls eventually produced his effort in the last 500m powering away from his main rivals. He crossed the finish line victoriously with a 5s lead over van Garderen, 19” over Valverde and 22” over Majka. Thanks to his success, his first ever in Oman, Rafael Valls conquers the overall leader’s Red Jersey. The Spaniard has a 9s advantage over van Garderen and 19s over Valverde with two stages to go in this 6th edition. The Points Green Jersey remains on the shoulders of Andrea Guardini while Louis Meintjes takes command of the best young rider classification (white jersey). Van Merheaghe comforts his lead in the combativity standing.

 

Results

Stage 4: Sultan Qaboos Grande Mosque to Jabal Al Akhdhar/Green Mountain, 189 km
1 Rafael Valls Ferri (Esp) Lampre - Merida 5:46:48
2 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team at 0:05
3 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Esp) Movistar Team 0:19
4 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:22
5 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 0:35
6 Rui Alberto Costa (Por) Lampre - Merida 0:49
7 Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka 0:54
8 Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka 0:58
9 Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team 1:00
10 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team
11 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo both s.t.
12 Julian Arredondo (Col) Trek Factory Racing 1:15
13 Wouter Poels (Bel) Team Sky 1:27
14 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Bora-Argon 18 1:31
15 Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Argon 18 s.t.
16 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team 1:39
17 Dries Devenyns (Bel) IAM Cycling 1:53
18 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Esp) Team Katusha 1:56
19 Mathias Frank (Sui) IAM Cycling 2:01
20 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team 2:27
21 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team
22 Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo both s.t.
23 Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky 2:37
24 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Sky s.t.
25 Serge Pauwels (Bel) MTN-Qhubeka 2:42
26 Barguil Warren (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin 2:43
27 Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica GreenEdge s.t.
28 Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant-Alpecin 2:57
29 Carter Jones (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin 3:08
30 Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team 3:21
31 Pieter Serry (Bel) Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
32 Luca Chirico (Ita) Bardiani CSF 3:25
33 Steve Morabito (Sui) FDJ s.t.
34 Eduard Beltran Suarez (Col) Tinkoff-Saxo 3:41
35 Damien Howson (Aus) Orica GreenEdge s.t.
36 Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica GreenEdge 3:58
37 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) MTN-Qhubeka 4:16
38 Reto Hollenstein (Sui) IAM Cycling 4:34
39 Dominik Nerz (Ger) Bora-Argon 18 s.t.
40 Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 4:37
41 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica GreenEdge 4:45
42 Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 4:58
43 Tom Boonen (Bel) Etixx-Quick Step 5:12
44 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre - Merida 5:21
45 Dominique Rollin (Can) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
46 Andrey Amador Bikkazakova (Crc) Movistar Team both s.t.
47 Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani CSF 5:25
48 Enrico Bardin (Ita) Bardiani CSF
49 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Esp) Team Katusha
50 Ruben Plaza Molina (Esp) Lampre - Merida all s.t.
51 Fabian Cancellara (Sui) Trek Factory Racing 5:30
52 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF 5:32
53 Johann Van Zyl (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka 5:34
54 Michael Schär (Sui) BMC Racing Team 5:36
55 Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ 5:38
56 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Etixx-Quick Step 5:46
57 Nelson Oliveira (Por) Lampre - Merida 6:04
58 Imanol Erviti Ollo (Esp) Movistar Team
59 José Joaquin Rojas Gil (Esp) Movistar Team
60 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Esp) Movistar Team
61 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
62 Peter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing Team
63 Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
64 Markel Irizar Arranburu (Esp) Trek Factory Racing all s.t.
65 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky 6:11
66 Christiano Salerno (Ita) Bora-Argon 18 6:32
67 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits s.t.
68 Nathan Earle (Aus) Team Sky 6:59
69 Matti Breschel (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo 7:01
70 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 7:13
71 Mickaël Delage (Fra) FDJ 7:13
72 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica GreenEdge 7:24
73 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ 7:47
74 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani CSF 7:48
75 Ivan Rovny (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo 8:05
76 Jarl Salomein (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 8:13
77 Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 8:15
78 William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ s.t.
79 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Team Katusha 8:21
80 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka 8:23
81 Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing Team 8:33
82 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Bora-Argon 18 s.t.
83 Martin Elmiger (Sui) IAM Cycling 8:48
84 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) MTN-Qhubeka s.t.
85 Danny Pate (USA) Team Sky 8:52
86 Jacobus Venter (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka s.t.
87 David Lopez Garcia (Esp) Team Sky 8:58
88 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 9:09
89 Steve Chainel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits s.t.
90 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 9:12
91 Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team 9:19
92 Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo
93 Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing
94 Marcel Aregger (Sui) IAM Cycling
95 Daniel Schorn (Aut) Bora-Argon 18
96 Ralf Matzka (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
97 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing
98 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
99 Iljo Keisse (Bel) Etixx-Quick Step
100 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Etixx-Quick Step
101 Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team
102 Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) IAM Cycling
103 Adam Blythe (Gbr) Orica GreenEdge
104 Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits all s.t.
105 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Team Sky 10:00
106 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
107 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ 10:02
108 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Etixx-Quick Step 10:59
109 Francisco Ventoso (Esp) Movistar Team s.t.
110 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Trek Factory Racing 11:10
111 Gregory Rast (Sui) Trek Factory Racing 11:12
112 Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF 11:14
113 Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 11:42
114 Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Giant-Alpecin s.t.
115 Matthias Brändle (Aut) IAM Cycling 11:44
116 Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
117 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Trek Factory Racing
118 Jonas Ahlstrand (Swe) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
119 Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling
120 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha all s.t.
121 Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 12:25
122 Jens Mouris (Ned) Orica GreenEdge 12:33
123 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - Merida 12:45
124 Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team s.t.
125 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 12:55
126 Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha 13:16
127 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre - Merida 13:26
128 Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) FDJ 14:16
129 Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin s.t.
130 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo 14:30
131 Jef Van Meirhaeghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 14:36
132 Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Team Katusha 16:05
133 Luca Paolini (Ita) Team Katusha s.t.
134 Enrique Sanz Unzue (Esp) Movistar Team 16:07
135 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Team Katusha 16:11
136 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre - Merida 16:26
137 Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSF s.t.
138 Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 18 23:39
DNF Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team
DNS Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
 
GC
1 Rafael Valls Ferri (Esp) Lampre - Merida 18:05:44
2 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team at 0:09
3 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Esp) Movistar Team 0:19
4 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:32
5 Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka 1:04
6 Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka 1:08
7 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 1:10
8 Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team 1:15
9 Julian Arredondo (Col) Trek Factory Racing 1:25
10 Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Argon 18 1:36
11 Rui Alberto Costa (Por) Lampre - Merida 1:45
12 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo 1:56
13 Dries Devenyns (Bel) IAM Cycling 2:03
14 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Esp) Team Katusha 2:06
15 Wouter Poels (Bel) Team Sky 2:23
16 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Bora-Argon 18 2:27
17 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team 2:35
18 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team 2:37
19 Mathias Frank (Sui) IAM Cycling 2:57
20 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 3:23
21 Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team 3:31
22 Barguil Warren (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin 3:39
23 Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant-Alpecin 3:53
24 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Sky 4:02
25 Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky 4:02
26 Pieter Serry (Bel) Etixx-Quick Step 4:17
27 Steve Morabito (Sui) FDJ 4:21
28 Damien Howson (Aus) Orica GreenEdge 4:37
29 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica GreenEdge 4:55
30 Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica GreenEdge 5:02
31 Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica GreenEdge 5:08
32 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) MTN-Qhubeka 5:12
33 Fabian Cancellara (Sui) Trek Factory Racing 5:30
34 Reto Hollenstein (Sui) IAM Cycling 5:30
35 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre - Merida 5:31
36 Serge Pauwels (Bel) MTN-Qhubeka 5:38
37 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 5:44
38 Tom Boonen (Bel) Etixx-Quick Step 6:02
39 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 6:10
40 Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani CSF 6:21
41 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Esp) Team Katusha 6:30
42 José Joaquin Rojas Gil (Esp) Movistar Team 7:00
43 Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 7:00
44 Michael Schär (Sui) BMC Racing Team 7:01
45 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky 7:07
46 Ruben Plaza Molina (Esp) Lampre - Merida 7:14
47 Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ 7:19
48 Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 7:33
49 Markel Irizar Arranburu (Esp) Trek Factory Racing 7:45
50 Christiano Salerno (Ita) Bora-Argon 18 8:13
51 Andrey Amador Bikkazakova (Crc) Movistar Team 8:17
52 Johann Van Zyl (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka 8:27
53 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF 8:28
54 Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 8:51
55 Dominique Rollin (Can) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 9:17
56 Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo 9:29
57 Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 9:56
58 Matti Breschel (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo 9:57
59 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 10:05
60 Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing Team 10:14
61 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica GreenEdge 10:20
62 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani CSF 10:44
63 Peter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing Team 10:51
64 Nathan Earle (Aus) Team Sky 10:59
65 Imanol Erviti Ollo (Esp) Movistar Team 11:13
66 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Esp) Movistar Team 11:13
67 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka 11:19
68 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing 11:20
69 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Etixx-Quick Step 11:20
70 Ralf Matzka (Ger) Bora-Argon 18 11:23
71 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 11:31
72 Carter Jones (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin 11:41
73 Martin Elmiger (Sui) IAM Cycling 11:44
74 Luca Chirico (Ita) Bardiani CSF 11:58
75 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 12:08
76 Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) IAM Cycling 12:15
77 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 12:22
78 Jacobus Venter (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka 12:52
79 Dominik Nerz (Ger) Bora-Argon 18 13:07
80 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha 13:15
81 Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 13:18
82 Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 13:25
83 Francisco Ventoso (Esp) Movistar Team 13:55
84 Enrico Bardin (Ita) Bardiani CSF 13:57
85 Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo 14:06
86 Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team 14:06
87 Daniel Schorn (Aut) Bora-Argon 18 14:06
88 Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing 14:28
89 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Bora-Argon 18 14:41
90 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Team Katusha 14:47
91 Steve Chainel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 15:15
92 William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ 15:16
93 Eduard Beltran Suarez (Col) Tinkoff-Saxo 15:20
94 Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin 15:26
95 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ 16:20
96 Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 16:20
97 Gregory Rast (Sui) Trek Factory Racing 16:21
98 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Etixx-Quick Step 16:24
99 Jonas Ahlstrand (Swe) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 16:31
100 Ivan Rovny (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo 16:38
101 Jarl Salomein (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 16:46
102 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre - Merida 17:31
103 Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team 17:32
104 Nelson Oliveira (Por) Lampre - Merida 17:43
105 Adam Blythe (Gbr) Orica GreenEdge 17:52
106 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Etixx-Quick Step 18:12
107 Marcel Aregger (Sui) IAM Cycling 18:39
108 Mickaël Delage (Fra) FDJ 18:52
109 Luca Paolini (Ita) Team Katusha 19:18
110 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Trek Factory Racing 19:43
111 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 20:04
112 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Trek Factory Racing 20:17
113 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) MTN-Qhubeka 20:27
114 David Lopez Garcia (Esp) Team Sky 20:37
115 Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 20:38
116 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Etixx-Quick Step 20:44
117 Danny Pate (USA) Team Sky 21:33
118 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Team Sky 21:39
119 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ 21:47
120 Matthias Brändle (Aut) IAM Cycling 22:38
121 Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling 23:15
122 Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha 23:36
123 Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Giant-Alpecin 23:47
124 Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team 24:23
125 Iljo Keisse (Bel) Etixx-Quick Step 24:31
126 Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Team Katusha 24:38
127 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre - Merida 25:31
128 Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF 26:02
129 Jens Mouris (Ned) Orica GreenEdge 26:56
130 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - Merida 26:57
131 Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSF 27:06
132 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo 27:08
133 Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) FDJ 27:09
134 Enrique Sanz Unzue (Esp) Movistar Team 27:46
135 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Team Katusha 28:21
136 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 28:57
137 Jef Van Meirhaeghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 34:08
138 Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 18 38:49

 

 

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